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March 24, 2011

Go, Read: Dan Nadel On Bungle Family Originals

There's a nice, short piece here from TCJ co-editor Dan Nadel on a trip to St. Louis where he got to go look at a bunch of originals from Harry Tuthill's The Bungle Family. You know, people sometimes accuse the cartoonist, writer and editor Art Spiegelman of wielding undue influence in comics circles and the basis of that influence being a combination of controlling who gets gigs and political maneuvering. But as I recall, it's Spiegelman that brought attention to The Bungle Family by mentioning them in one of those Smithsonian underrated/overrated polls, and people seem to have had a rich, rewarding time rediscovering that material ever since. That doesn't sound like schmoozing and influence-peddling to me as much it indicates a sharp eye and a knowledge of how to make a case for something that's going to get others involved. Just a thought.
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